Outdated plug-ins and add-ons compromise the security and stability of Chrome and Firefox. Robert Irvine explains why and how you should remove them
What's wrong with it?
Barely a week goes by without another security flaw being discovered in Flash, which leaves Adobe doing more patching than a patchwork-quilt factory. In 2012, the company had to introduce its own ‘Patch Tuesday-style monthly security update just to fix frequent vulnerabilities in Flash. And earlier this year, three serious ‘zero-day exploits’ (previously unknown security holes), which allowed hackers to infect your PC with Trojans, were discovered in the space of a month (bit.ly/flash369).
Add to this the well-known performance problems - such as Flash crashing and taking your browser with it - and it’s clear why you should opt out of this buggy old plug-in.